Easy Weeknight Dinner

About two years ago I tried a variation of a Brazilian dish called Feijoada. Feijoada is basically like a black bean stew that has all kinds of meats in it like beef and pork that is served over rice. The stew is thick and mostly bean, the meat is in there mostly for flavor. Any time I make rice I always make more then enough because I love all the things you can do with day-old rice.

I came home from work today, a super rainy and dreary day, and I was in the mood for chili. I didn’t have all the ingredients for chili but I did have some black beans, left over rice and smoked sausage.. Feijoada immediately came to mind! This only took about 20 minutes!

Mock-Joada (lame), enough for about two hungry people
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped to a medium dice
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper, more if you like it spicy!
1 package of cooked smoked beef sausage, chopped into bite sized peices
1 small can of black beans
Cooked rice

Add the olive oil to the bottom of large pot and turn up the heat to medium. Add the onions and garlic and sautee for 3 minutes until they are soft and starting to brown around the edges. Add the red pepper flakes and the smoked sausage. Let the sausage start to brown on the edges but keep a close eye and stir often. Add the whole can of black beans, can juice and all! Fill up the can with water (don’t rinse the can first, you want all the black bean bits from the can) and add to the stew. Simmer the Feijoada for about 15 minutes until it starts to thicken. Add salt & pepper to your liking and you are DONE! Pour it over rice.

If you love yourself.. please make this! It’s SOO good and super easy!


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